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- Renovations have begun
- Services delivery requirements/logistics in process
- School for Recovery curriculum planning underway
- Volunteer recruitment in process
- Volunteer training planning
- 2019 Operating budget planning underway
- Logo developed
- Website nearing completion
- RCL talking points in process
- Marketing/Communications plan in process
- Facebook page started
- Instagram started
- Email platform in place (Mail Chimp)
- Fundraising plan in process
- Grant research underway
- Donor database selected (includes website integration/online giving capacity)
Public Awareness/Community Outreach
- 501c-3 status pending
- Standing committees activated
- Board expansion/recruitment in process
- Mission/Vision/Core Value Statements finalized
A Location for Recovery Cafe Longmont
The Session of CENTRALongmont Presbyterian Church is excited to announce that an agreement has been reached with the Recovery Café Longmont (RCL) Board of Directors concerning the location and operation of the Café.
What is the agreement that has been reached?
Recovery Café Longmont will operate in the east and west dining rooms, “puppet room,” and kitchen of the church basement. The agreement is for two years with the option for a third year.
In lieu of paying rent, Recovery Café Longmont will cover the cost of approximately $50,000 in renovations to the spaces it will occupy. These renovations will of course remain in place once the Café has moved from the basement to its own building, leaving the church with a much nicer and more functional space than it has now.
Why the church basement and not at another location in Longmont?
- Proximity. A central location is important to the Café establishing itself successfully. The church basement provides such a location, which would be very difficult to duplicate elsewhere at a cost the Café could afford as a start-up non-profit. RCL also needs to be located close to public transportation because many Café members will be dependent on such transportation to get to and from the Café.
- Cost. Spaces of the required size and location lease for $3000-5000 a month and usually require at least a 3-year (and, frequently, a 5-year) lease plus the cost of renovations/additions to the space. That is a prohibitive financial commitment for a start-up non-profit.
- Funding. Many foundations and funding agencies will not give grants to start-up non-profits. You must first demonstrate 2-3 years of organizational stability. Operating from the church basement for 2-3 years will allow RCL to establish—and, thus, demonstrate—that ability.
What will happen to groups currently using the spaces Recovery Café Longmont will occupy?
- Faith Sewers will return to fellowship hall.
- Adventures in Worship and children from the Latinx Ministry worship service will move to other available spaces.
- The burrito ministry will make burritos in the fellowship hall kitchen until improvements to the basement kitchen are completed.
- Crossroads school will use the fellowship hall kitchen.
- The ESL and citizenship classes conducted by El Comite will move to other available spaces.
Will Recovery Café Longmont effectively turn the basement into a day-shelter for homeless people?
Absolutely not. While it is true that people in recovery from addiction can experience homelessness, Recovery Café Longmont will help people out of homelessness by helping them remain in recovery. Additionally, Café members are actively involved not only in staying clean and sober but in helping to maintain the Café itself. RCL is not a place for people to simply come and do nothing—it is not a “drop-in center” and there are strict requirements for membership.
What will the renovations involve?
Included in the renovations is new paint, new flooring in some areas, improvements to the kitchen, lighting, and new steps and a new exterior door for the main entrance (on the south end of the church parking lot). The renovations will also result in the creation of two new class/meeting rooms in the basement from space that currently is not being utilized.
Also included in the renovations are new closets on the north wall of the fellowship hall to provide storage for the Fellowship Committee and the Faith Sewers. The church library will be moved to the Berhenke Room. This will give the library a dedicated space, provide a quiet place for reading, and provide additional meeting space for the church.
Where is Recovery Café Longmont getting the money for the renovations?
Recovery Café Longmont has been given a $50,000 capacity building grant from an anonymous donor associated with the Recovery Café Network. RCL will receive $40,000 and then the final $10,000 as a match for $10,000 RCL will raise.
How can Recovery Café Longmont do all the renovations for $50,000?
Recovery Café Longmont has reached out to vendors, a contractor, and sub-contractors, all of whom, from a desire to support the work of RCL, have agreed to provide materials and/or labor at cost or a greatly-reduced rate. Some are donating materials/labor outright.
When will the renovations start?
Immediately. Many of the sub-contractors need to do their work during the first quarter of 2019.
When will Recovery Café Longmont begin operations?
The goal is for RCL to open April 1, 2019.
What are the hours of operation for Recovery Café Longmont? Will the church be able to use space in the basement when RCL is not open?
It is anticipated that for the first year of operation, Recovery Café Longmont will be open 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. Yes, the church will be able to use space in the basement when the Café is not open.
The Recovery Café Longmont Board of Directors adopted the following Mission/Purpose Statement, Vision Statement and Core Values
We are a community of refuge and healing for people in recovery.
To be an enlightened community where people in all walks of recovery are empowered to be their best selves.
Radical Hospitality - Radical Hospitality is our act of gracious, warm and enduring welcome of all people
to ensure a feeling of love and support within our community.
Loving Accountability - Holding each other accountable to becoming our truest, best selves is the most loving thing we can do for each other.
Champion for Recovery - We promote lifelong focus on empowering people to reach their full potential and maintain healthy life habits.
Stewardship - We responsibly manage resources to honor and serve our stakeholders, and deepen our impact in the community.
Inclusive Community - Individuals from all backgrounds are valued and embraced with compassion, mutual respect and dignity.
Board of Directors - David Barker, Terry Barker, Diana DeBrohun, Lawson Drinkard, Donna Ferrey, Karen Kruse, and Steve Kukic
Lisa Searchinger, Executive Director
Rhonda Curran, Director of Operations
Lisa Searchinger joined HOPE as executive director in 2013. Under her leadership, HOPE expanded program services to include overnight sheltering, increased the annual operating budget 120%, and quintupled the number of staff. Lisa received her Master of Nonprofit Management in 2011 from Regis University and possesses a depth of business as well as nonprofit management expertise. Previous professions include broadcast television production, communications management, and small business start-ups. She currently serves as vice president of the St. Vrain Community Council and on the executive board of the Human Services Alliance. Lisa is a long-time Colorado resident with extensive volunteer engagement and service in the Longmont community. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, cycling, reading a good book and spending time with her husband, Brian, and two grown children.
Rhonda Curran joined HOPE as a street outreach volunteer in 2013. She was hired as staff in early 2017 in the position of program manager for street outreach. Her responsibilities included the implementation, management, supervision and evaluation of all activities of outreach services. Rhonda’s current position is development manager. In this position she works closely with the executive director in guiding the fundraising planning process and implementing fundraising activities. Responsibilities also include managing and administering the donor database. Rhonda holds a BA in economics with statistics from University of Connecticut and the Associate in Risk Management professional designation. She spent 30 years in the insurance and financial consulting business in varied positions: health insurance rater, actuarial analyst, and risk management consultant. In her spare time she enjoys reading, camping, and watching movies and spending time with her husband, David, and two grown daughters, Piper and Tyne.
If you wish to support Recovery Café Longmont financially make checks payable to CENTRALongmont Presbyterian Church and note that the contribution is to support Recovery Café Longmont. Donations can also be made online by credit card. Click here to make a donation (choose Recovery Café Longmont from the pull down menu).